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The Covenant

10 ratings

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James A. Michener's masterly chronicle of South Africa is an epic tale of adventurers, scoundrels, and ministers, the best and worst of two continents, who carve an empire out of a vast wilderness. From the Java-born Van Doorn family tree springs two great branches: one nurtures lush vineyards, the other settles the interior to become the first Trekboers and Afrikaners. The Nxumalos, inhabitants of a peaceful village unchanged for centuries, unite warrior tribes into the powerful Zulu nation. And the wealthy Saltwoods are missionaries and settlers who join the masses to influence the wars and politics that ravage a nation. Rivalries and passions spill across the land of The Covenant, a story of courage and heroism, love and loyalty, and cruelty and betrayal, as generations fight to forge a new world.

©1980 James A. Michener (P)2015 Random House Audio

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Don't You Forget About Me

150 ratings

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You always remember your first love. Don't you? It began with four words. I love your laugh. x But that was 12 years ago. It really began the day Georgina was fired from The Worst Restaurant in Sheffield (TripAdvisor) and found The Worst Boyfriend in the World (Georgina's best friends) in bed with someone else. So when her new boss, Lucas McCarthy, turns out to be the boy who wrote those words to her all that time ago, it feels like the start of something. The only problem? He doesn't seem to remember Georgina at all.

©2019 Mhairi McFarlane (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Torn: A Terrified Girl. A Shocking Secret. A Terrible Choice.

3 ratings

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Foster carer Rosie Lewis faces a battle to uncover the dark secret that is tearing a family apart. Experienced foster carer Rosie Lewis is used to looking after children from difficult home situations, but she finds herself struggling when she agrees to take in Taylor and her younger brother, Reece, for a short while. Taylor tries desperately not to fit in, to be the tough young teen that she has had to become, making it clear that she cares about nothing and no one, while Reece is just desperate for someone to love him. Rosie finds herself battling an unknown monster in their past, as social media and the Internet become a means to control and manipulate the siblings while in her care. And then a more sinister turn of events causes Rosie to dig into their past, desperate to discover the truth before her time with them is over and they must be returned to their family.

©2015 Rosie Lewis (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Madeline Gould
Author: Rosie Lewis
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
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Taken

3 ratings

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Experienced foster carer Rosie Lewis takes on the heart-breaking case of Megan, a baby born with neo-natal abstinence syndrome and a cleft palate. Addicted to drugs from birth because of her mother's substance abuse during pregnancy, new-born Megan is taken into Rosie's loving care. Rosie is supposed to help Megan find her new permanent home, but it turns out that Megan has already found her 'forever mummy' in Rosie. Rosie grows incredibly attached to Megan and applies to adopt her, but the system refuses her in favour of a young couple and Rosie is devastated. Against all her instincts, Rosie does her job and prepares Megan for her new 'forever family', but everything about Megan leaving feels wrong. When Rosie learns a few months later that Megan's adoption has broken down, she is saddened but also filled with hope - will this little girl be allowed to return to her true 'forever home'?

©2017 Rosie Lewis (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Madeline Gould
Author: Rosie Lewis
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
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A Bicycle Made for Two

1 rating

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Chock-full of colourful characters, dry wit and a bit of love and passion for good measure.  In a lost corner of the Yorkshire Dales, Lana Donati runs a medieval theme restaurant with her brother. As a distraction to help them get over losing the father they loved dearly, and as a tribute to his passion for the beautiful area they live in, Lana hatches a plan to boost business for everyone by having the Grand Départ route pass through their village.  But this entails getting the small community to work together to convince the decision-makers that their beloved village is Tour material. Not an easy task when the people involved include Lana's shy, unlucky-in-love brother, Tom; the man-eating WI chair Yolanda; bickering spouses Gerry and Sue; arrogant celebrity Harper Brady; and Lana's (attractive) archnemesis, former pro cyclist turned bike shop owner Stewart McLean, whose offbeat ideas might just cost them everything.

©2018 Mary Jane Baker (P)2018 Mirror Books

Narrator: Madeline Gould
Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
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Fear in the Lakes

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Detective Beth Young traced the body in her mind.... His skull wasn’t harmed and neither was his spine...as if someone wanted him to survive only to experience the utmost suffering.

When Laura Sinclair arrives home, she is horrified to discover her sweet, kind husband James close to death. But this is no robbery gone wrong. There are over 200 breaks to his bones, each apparently applied carefully, symmetrically, methodically....

Laura insists that James is a man with no enemies. But how much does she know about her husband? And what secrets are hidden in the email account she discovers, filled with cryptic messages? 

When two bodies are then pulled from Lake Windermere exhibiting similar injuries, it becomes clear that the killer they are calling the Sculptor is on a mission. 

But Detective Beth Young is too. She knows that if she can work out the secrets of James’s past, she has a chance of locating he Sculptor’s next victim...and maybe the killer too.

©2019 Graham Smith (P)2019 Bookouture

Narrator: Madeline Gould
Author: Graham Smith
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
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